Big events in Italy



American Food 2.0: United to Feed the Planet” is the leading theme of U.S.A. pavilion at Expo Milano 2015. Designed by the renowned architect James Biber, the American section at the Universal Exposition dedicated to food & nutrition occupies a 35,000 square foot space (the whole event covering a 3.6 million square foot surface). Its structure is meant to recall the traditional American farm, to which agricultural development in the US much owes. The intent goes far beyond a mere historical reconstruction, though: technological innovation, science, business and enterpreneurial attitude will be at the core of the American exposition. Beyond including a vertical farm supposed to be harvested on a daily base, the building will certainly impress visitors with further features such as:
transparent technology wall that shows the inner workings of the pavilion
– wood repurposed from the original Coney Island boardwalk
– installations, events, and exhibits throughout
rooftop terrace and cafe
– gathering space, courtyard, and VIP meeting spaces
retail merchandising space
grove of oak trees, the national tree of the USA
The American pavilion is one of the 145 structures representing each participant country at Expo Milano 2015. For more details, tickets, venues and trasportations between Rome and Milan don’t hesitate to contact!


Damon Albarn, The Gorilla King in Rome



Damon Albarn, frontman of Blur and creator of Gorillaz, is one of the most influential living rock musicians. His artistic output has shaped and sometimes predated some of the most important departures in pop music.

Albarn will be playing in Rome at the Auditorium Parco della Musica next July 14 2014 as a part of July Sounds Good, one of our favorite music festivals in Rome.
Don’t miss Damon’s performance, and don’t miss the most convenient rates in Rome by making a reservation at Yes Hotel or Hotel Des Artistes,



Augustus: The Most Cunning Politician Ever On The 2000th Anniversary Of His Death

Augusto-Pontefice_Palazzo-Massimo-PARTMeasure wasn’t Augustus thing: he turned the Roman Republic into an empire with him as its first emperor, rebuilt much of Rome and was so popular that he got a month named after him. It wouldn’t be far-fetched to say he is the most cunning politician ever.

This year Rome will be celebrating the 2000th (!) anniversary of Augustus death with an exposition at the Scuderie del Quirinale. The exhibition will be open from October 18 2013 to 9 February 2014. The Scuderie del Quirinale Museum is located at Via XXIV Maggio 16, and can be easily reached from Yes Hotel or Hotel Des Artistes taking the bus 40 from the Termini Station (get off at the stop Nazionale/Quirinale).

Bob Dylan in Rome: Catch Him While You Can


When they decided to make a film about Bob Dylan’s life they nedded 6 actors to play him. Probably is the only case in which such an exaggeration seems justified: Dylan has gone thorugh such an staggering number of phases througout his career that probably no single living actor would have been able to offer a convincing performance.

The title of the film seemed to summarize Dylan’s career as a whole: “I’m not there”. Everytime audiences or critics have believed to have Dylan ready to be pigeonholed, the man has escaped and then come back with an unexpected musical direction, an unexpected look: he has gone all the way through from earnest young folk singer and then bohemian guru to his most recent incarnation as a somewhat demonic wild-west singer.

Mr. Dylan will be performing in Rome November 6, 2013 at Atlantico Roma. Get a glimpse of him while you can, or at least try: knowing him you can be sure that, somehow, he won’t be there. At least not in the way you expect.

Rome gets ready to enjoy a hot latin summer

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Words are funny. Take the word “latino”, by example. The term is used today to denote people of latin american descent, but originally it was the name given to the inhabitants of Latium, the region where Rome is located.

So we can say that the festival Soylatino is a comeback of sorts.From June through September Ostia, the beach located just outside Rome, will turn tropical with latin american music and food.

Wednesday the fee is 8 euros Wednesday and Thursday, 10 Euros Friday and  12 Euros Saturday.The entrance is free on Sundays and every day from 19:00 to 21:00 PM.To reach the festival using the public transportation system from Hotel Des Artistes or Yes Hotel, take the blue subway line until Piramide and from there take the train going to Ostia and get off at the station Lidio di Ostia.

Rome Celebrates Machiavelli’s “The Prince”


Machiavelli is an Italian icon. His shrewdness, pragmatism and fascination with power are all trademarks of the Italian temperament. With his elucidations about power and the means to preserve it he created almost single-handedly what we know as political science, securing himself a place in history and beside the beds of many leaders (Napolean among them)  who have turned to him for guidance.


Even though Machiavelli’s name is almost universally associated with coldness and power-for.the-sake-of-power, there is much more to him than that and he has been object of an operation of rehabilitation in Italy. As a part of said operation an exhibition has just been opened at the Complesso del Vittoriano to celebrate the 500th anniversay of The Prince, Macchiaveli’s most famous work.

Visitors will be able to see on display one of the 19 known original manuscripts of the book and learn more about the Machiavelli’s relationshipo with both classic culture and contemporary popular culture. The Complesso del Vittoriano is located at Via San Pietro in Carcere, right beside Piazza Venezia. The exhibition is open everyday from 9.30 to 19.30 (until Jully 16, 2013) and the entrance is free.

Conducting Change: Gustavo Dudamel In Rome

26_SCI_Dudamel_0Do you know Gustavo Dudamel? If you don’t, will fill you in.

Gustavo was born in Venezuela where two factors put him early on the track for musical success: the first was his parents who were both musicians, the second was El Sistema, an internationally acclaimed Venezuelan network created to scout and develop young musical talent.

Gustavo took up violin from an early age and then composition and conducting. In 2004 he was awarded the Gustav Mahler conducting prize and soon and began to appear alongside some of the most important conductors, like Simon Rattle and Claudio Abbado.

Dudamel has became a symbol of Venezuela, but also of Latin American talent, and is one of the few young faces in a world dominated by mature men who represent older musical traditions.

Gustavo will be conducting a program centered on Schumann with the Orchestra of the National Academy of Santa Cecilia the 15, 17 and 18 June 2013: a great opportunity to check the fresh take Gustavo has on classical music.

The concert will take place at the Auditorium Parco della Musica, that can be easily reached from Hotel Des Artistes or Yes Hotel in Rome: take the red subway line from Termini and get off at Flaminio, then take tram number 2 and get off at the stop Apollodoro.

How to see Pope Francis while in Rome

APTOPIX Vatican PopePope Francis has become very popular in just a few days. His austerity and his evident love for those in need have been welcomed as a breath of fresh air by people from all faiths, who are eager to at least get a glimpse of him.

If you are among those looking forward to see him personally we have made this brief guide to help you during your visit.

The easiest and most common way to see the pope is to attend the public blessing he gives every Sunday at noon. People from all around the world gather at Saint Peter’s square, so it’s quite a tale to tell back home!

Those looking to have a closer contact with the pope can attend the audience that takes place every Wednesday. The tickets are free but you have to book them in advance sending an actual letter (no e-mail) to the Prefecture of the Papal Household, 00120 Vatican City State or a fax to the number +39 06 6988 5863. Your message must include date of the General audience or Liturgical celebration you wish to attend, the number of tickets you need, name, mailing address and telephone or fax numbers.

Don’t forget that all the readers of our blog get a 5% discount over any reservation made directly with us (non cumulative with other promotions)!

Rome Weolcomes Pope Francis

Il nuovo Papa Jorge Mario Bergoglio con il nome di Francesco I

So, we finally have a Pope.

The world was surprised to learn the election was so quick, but was even more surprised to learn that the new pope – who will go under the name Francesco, or Francis in English- was Jorge Mario Bergoglio, archbishop of Buenos Aires, who wasn’t included in any of the preliminary lists made by Vatican experts and probability whizzes at the gambling companies around the world. As the  Roman saying  goes, whoever enters the conclave as a pope, leaves as a cardinal.

With hindsight, the election of archbishop Bergoglio, who will become the first pope to arrive from outside Europe, is a smart one. An austere man who chose his papal name inspired by Saint Francis of Assisi, he is sure to bring warmth and vigour to the church he is called to lead, that without mentioning the immense reserve of devotion and support he will find in Latin America, where the majority of the population is catholic.

Next Sunday, Pope Francis will offer his first Angelus, the public blessing the pope offers every week at noon. It will be a great opportunity to be part of a historical event! If you need help with your accomodation in Rome, don’t hesitate to contact us, or check our website to get the  best rates in the Eternal City!

Rome: Conclave to Elect New Pope Starts Today


Today, cardinals from all around the world will meet in Rome to elect a new leader for the catholic church.

According to the Italian media there are a couple of strong names, namely cardinal Scola from Milano and cardinal Scherer from Sao Paolo but none of them seems to be able to get the 77 votes that are necessary to reach the majority of the preferences. Specialists do not expect a quick decision but it’s almost certain that the new pope will be elected before the week ends, probably on Sunday, a possibility that the city council has already contemplated, making arrangements to move the annual city marathonf from the morning to the evening in case Sunday turns out to be the big day.

Tonight rains in Rome and there is in the air a feel of anticipation while the eyes and cameras of the world turn to the Sistine chapel waiting for the white smoke signal that will open the next chapter in the history of catholicism.
Want to witness history? check our availability on-line or send us an e-mail to book your accommodation for this memorable day.